So just how big is the proposed Dayton tax increase?

The Dayton administration and fellow Democrats use the figure of $2 billion when discussing tax increases in the governor’s proposed budget.

Republicans say it is far more.

The latest figures from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration indicate that new taxes would raise $3.6 billion in the next two years. Republicans say that grows to $3.7 billion after fee increases and a proposed Twin Cities transportation tax are added.

When $1.5 billion is sent to homeowners in property tax refunds, that leaves a $2.2 billion net tax increase.

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